Till we all come in the unity of the faith.
From the beginning of man upon this earth, we have seen at no time, unity in government, social values nor faith in one God. There are many gods and lords many upon this earth. This started many years ago because of the dissatisfaction of man with God and His statutes and laws. The dissatisfaction of man with truth, righteousness and Holiness. With This dissatisfaction came;
The Twelve Immortals of the Grecians, Dinah of the Ephesians, and of the image(Meteor) which fell down from Jupiter,
Baal of the Phoenicians, Juno and Zeus of the Romans, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva of the Hindus, cows, monkeys, snakes, lizards and even rocks(Meteorites), and all the major and minor gods of mans imagination. Within these religions, and many others not mentioned, there is no unity of the spirit of man with the true God, Jehovah. (The Great “I Am”, Lord, God, Jesus Christ. ) Act 17:22-23; Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: “Till we all come in the unity of the faith. ” Unity;
Unity of faith, is an equal belief of the same truths of God, and possession of the grace of faith in like form and degree.
Unity of spirit, is the oneness which subsists between Christ and his saints, by which the same spirit dwells in both, and both have the same disposition and aims; and it is the oneness of Christians among themselves, united under the same head, having the same spirit dwelling in them, and possessing the same graces, faith, love, hope.
Knowledge; A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of our ideas. We can have no knowledge of that which does not exist. God has a perfect knowledge of all his works. Human knowledge is very limited, and is mostly gained by observation and experience. (Websters. )
Unity of faith and of Knowledge in one true, living and eternal God. This unity comes only from the faith and belief in Jesus the Christ, whom many associate and compare with God Himself, for God and Christ are one. This undeniable truth comes from of faith in God and His word. Not just of the New Testament written after the assention of Christ back to the Father, but from the original Old Testament Scriptures. These scriptures herald the coming of the Messiah and or Jesus to this earth. A savior in the flesh , preordained and prophesied in Scripture. The fulfillment of these prophecy's were fulfilled in Jesus.
Many other religions comment on unifying mankind under one god, many use force, some subversion and some by deception, and others just don't care about unity but self enlightenment of themselves. (These are the ones that hide themselves on high mountains and caves seeking the everlasting(so called) truth of the universe.
Till we all come in the unity of the knowledge of the Son of God, the Messiah. Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
The Messiah; Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Can we denie the prophecy's of the Old Testament, can we say that, the man Jesus of Nazareth did not fulfill all these things within himself? Can we say that there is another that we wait for that will fulfill, judgment and unity upon mankind? Or will you seek pleasure and salvation in another? Do these dumb idols, that you worship, teach unity or devision, love or hate, life or death, righteousness and justice or bondage?
Unity of the faith cannot come by deception, illusion, the working of wonders, miracles or by force. For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (Heb 2:4) Was not Jesus confirmed, by God, to be His light to a dark world, as the Savior of man, as the Messiah? If this is true, then we must conform ourselves to His image, which is the image of God. We must conform to one Faith, one Lord and one baptism, which we all are to be baptized in His name. God is never contained, never represented by any image made of stone, gold, silver nor wood.
Gen 1:26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. ” So if you believe God then you must conform to His commandments, you must destroy your images of gold, silver and stone, you must not worship any man born of sin nor animal, creature or fish that God created. What of Gods laws? “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. God is not a God of man made image, so why then do you continue to insist on worshiping them? God is not a rock from the sky, nor of the earth, so why then do you bow down to them? Is not God greater than these things? If your children ask for a fish, do you give them a stone?(Speaking of Spiritual and physical food. ) Then why then would God send us, His Children, a rock, or cow or graven images, to feed us? Would He not send us the true living Bread from Heaven, in the form of Himself, Jesus? (“For this day have I begotten thee. ”)Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: To be a child of God, we must adhere to the commandments of God. We must become one with Him as He is one with Christ. We accomplish this by grace threw faith in His Son Jesus. Speaking the truth in love, to our friends, family, acquaints and especially the enemy's of the Cross. We must love our enemies, our neighbors and all mankind, as ourselves. This is not to say that, there is not a time which we must withdraw ourselves from the true enemies of the cross, for there is that time, according to scripture. Christians do not preach hate but rather the truth, in which many are offended. This offence comes from long term indoctrination in lies and traditions of your elders. We must break away from traditions and man made doctrine, that do nothing to unite all in, One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph 4:5-6. ) Think about it. Ars.
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